March 27, 2021

Rodriguez ("Dead Arm") Scratched From Opening Day Start; Eovaldi Will Get Ball

Eduardo Rodriguez has been replaced as the Red Sox's Opening Day starter. Nathan Eovaldi will get the start in G1, as he did last year. The Red Sox begin the season at home on Thursday against the Orioles.

Rodriguez pitched only two innings on Monday and skipped his bullpen session on Wednesday.

Manager Alex Cora said Rodriguez

didn't feel as strong as the previous outings, arm-wise; shoulder, arm . . . Eddie was honest about it, we've been talking the last few days and that's a decision we made. . . . He took it as a professional. I think the communication is very clear, very genuine.

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